January 8, 2012 Subject:
March 1966 in Vietnam
Phouc Vinh War Zone D - UH1 helicopters deliver 173rd Airborne Brigade for Operation Silver City. The sweep is a 2-week search & destroy mission. Chinook helicopters deliver trucks and howitzers. A 1st Infantry div tank crew use machetes to clear a way through the jungle. On March 13, 1966 the operation continues but little contact occurs. A few days later, another jungle patrol is filmed and the frustrating Army Operation comes to a close.
Di An - The HQ of the 1st Inf Division has a change of Commander ceremony March 15, 1966 and features William Westmoreland.
Saigon - Early in March, bolts of material arrives for the South Vietnamese Quartermaster, as American Aid. Vietnamese workers are shown cutting the material with an electric knife jigsaw. Women at sewing machines stitch the material into field uniforms, then they go into a bailing press for shipment. 100,000 South Vietnamese uniforms are made per month.
Cam Ranh Bay - an Army quarry provides gravel for roadways and construction. Shot of blasting demolition. Operation goes on 24 hours.
Phan Rang - November 1, 1965 a bulldozer first broke ground. Now on March 4 and 5th, a few months later, thanks to AM2 runway mats, the jet airfield is almost finished. It will be the 6th jet installation in Vietnam. Phan Rang became operational in Mid-March.
Leeheim, Germany - a competition to bridge the Rhine River was held on March 13, 1966 between the 79th battalion and 293d battalion of the 24th Engineers.
Diekirch, Luxembourg - HRH The Prince of Luxembourg sponsors a military sports competition. The Council of Inter-Military Sports (CISM) has held completions here 5 times the latest being February 17-22, 1966. Shots of races, and a Moroccan wins.
Hameelinna, Finland - The Council of Inter-Military Sports (CISM) held its 11th annual ski competition on March 10, 1966. The President of CISM, an USAF General, is interviewed.